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Waite Park man triggers 5-hour standoff, evacuations

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Oct 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

WAITE PARK, Minn. (KNSI) - Homes in a Waite Park neighborhood were evacuated and an armed man was arrested after police said he barricaded himself inside a house and refused to come out, triggering a 5-hour standoff with Waite Park police, officers said.

After extended negotations with crisis negotiators, Nathan Erlandson was arrested around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, nearly five hours after officers arrived at the home on Sunwood Park Drive in Waite Park late Monday night, Waite Park police chief Dave Bentrud said.

Bentrud said police were called to the house by the parents of Erlandson's girlfriend, who arrived to check on the welfare of their daughter. Erlandson, 31, allegedly pointed a rifle at the victim and told him to get off the property before allowing the couple's daughter to leave the house unharmed.

Waite Park police established a perimeter around the house and prompted evacuations of several surrounding homes as police began talking with Erlandson, Bentrud said.

Erlandson decided to surrender around 4:30 a.m., but began to resist arrest and was tasered by officers, Bentrud said.

Erlandson was taken to the St. Cloud VA Health Care System for evaluation. No one was hurt during the standoff.

Upon his release, Erlandson will be booked into the Stearns County Jail on assault charges as well as making terroristic threats and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Bentrud said.

Waite Park police were assisted by St. Cloud and St. Joseph police as well as Stearns County sheriff's deputies and Minnesota State Patrol troopers during the negotiation.

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